Published: 12 August 2015

Surrey rises to fifth in the NSS

Final-year students at the University of Surrey are still among the most satisfied in the UK, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

The University of Surrey has risen three places in the 2015 National Student Survey, achieving fifth place out of 139 Higher Education Institutions (excluding specialists) across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The overall 92 per cent student satisfaction is a testament to the continuing partnership between staff and students to maintain an excellent student experience, demonstrated by improving in all of the NSS categories.

100 per cent overall satisfaction was achieved by:

  • Dance
  • Iberian Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Politics

A further twelve subject areas were ranked in the top ten:

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Food and Beverage Studies
  • French Studies
  • Management Studies
  • Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Physics and Astronomy

Other disciplines have shown significant improvement, demonstrated by a leap of:

  • Computer Science (18 places)
  • English Studies (31 places)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (25 places)
  • Media Studies (44 places)

(The full set of 2015 NSS results data will be uploaded to the Unistats website in September.)

"We are pleased to see that students continue to rate their experience at Surrey very highly. Providing a high-quality student experience is at the very heart of the University and we continuously strive to ensure that every student gets the most out of their time here,” said Professor Gill Nicholls, Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs at the University of Surrey.

“Continued service provision in the Library alongside close working with the University’s Department of Technology Enhanced Learning ensures that innovative teaching is supported through the online Virtual Learning Environment. This environment offers a rich set of curriculum-based activities and interactive materials which enable students to study and learn flexibly and effectively.”

Our strong NSS performances in recent years have gone hand-in-hand with dramatic rises up the main league tables, including a top-four finish in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

Find out more about the Surrey student experience.

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